DUMAGUETE CITY, Nov. 29 (PIA) -- Negros Oriental Governor and Chair of the Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF ELCAC) Roel Degamo has formally turned over the list of priority programs and projects in insurgency-affected areas in the province to the representatives of the regional and national task forces on ELCAC.
Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG-7) Regional Director Leocadio Trovela received the list of priority projects, also called as Talakayan Citizen-Driven Priority Action Plans (TCAP), from Degamo in a ceremony held at the Lamberto Macias Sports Center today.
Trovela then handed the TCAPs to DILG Undersecretary for Operations Epimaco Densing III who will hand the list over to the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF ELCAC) for appropriate action.
DILG is the head of the Basic Services Cluster of NTF ELCAC.
The TCAPs were products of a series of "Dagyawan sa Barangay: Talakayan ng Mamamayan" or consultation between the government and village leaders in insurgency-hit communities to resolve local issues.
Dagyawan sa Barangay events were held in Guihulngan City, Canlaon City, Siaton, Sta. Catalina, Zamboanguita, and Valencia.
Around 16 barangays in these areas are affected by insurgency.
Som of the priority projects identified by the community during the consultations include lack of concrete roads especially farm-to-market roads and other infrastructure projects, agrarian reform issues, health care services issues, lack of teachers and education facilities, among others.
Degamo has repeatedly said in his speeches during Dagyawan events that the only way to achieve lasting peace is through enhanced delivery of basic services and not through guns and bullets.
Densing told the participants of the event that the list of priority projects will be forwarded to Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte.
"Kaya naman itong Dagyawan sa Barangay, bumababa ang gobyerno sa inyo para magtanong, para makinig, para malaman namin ang gusto ninyo at mga pangangailangan nito. Dadalhin po namin ito kay Presidente Duterte para maibigay sa inyo ang pangangailangan ninyo at para patunayan sa inyo na ang gobyerno, sa unang pagkakataon nakikinig sa taumbayan (During the Dagyawan sa Barangay, the government goes down to the grassroots to reach out to you to know your needs. We will bring this to President Duterte so can he can give you what you need. This is also to show that government is here to listen to the people)," Densing said in his speech.
While the province is waiting for the national government to act on these projects, Degamo expressed his commitment to sustain these efforts made by the PTF ELCAC in countering insurgency.
"We will sustain this program. By next year, we will go again to other affected barangays. Duna tay projects gi-implementar karon. Kato gyud kinahanglan sa tawo for example, ang road sa Trinidad padung Hilaitan (sa Guihulngan). Ang sustainability ini, naa man ta programa sa MagDegamo Medical Mission, kanunay nato ning gidad-on sa mga barangay na naapektuhan. Dad-on nato ang mga ahensya sa gobyerno sa national (We have started implementing projects that are important for the people, such as the road connecting Brgy. Trinidad and Hilaitan in Guihulngan. We can also sustain this through the MagDegamo Medical Mission program which we usually conduct in affected barangays and we will bring along national government agencies as well)," Degamo shared in a press conference following the turn over of priority projects.
Local chief executives of the six towns and cities with insurgency-affected barangays also expressed their commitment to support the future activities of PTF ELCAC.
Towards the end of the program, Densing and Degamo lit the "Torch of Hope" in the presence of officials from the 16 barangays affected by insurgency and their respective mayors to signify their unwavering commitment to attain lasting peace in the province. (ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental)